Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thieves do not spare even Lord's crown!

Published: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013, 16:14 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
After unprecedented rise in thefts in temples in Ahmedabad, focus has now shifted to temples located elsewhere too. Thieves struck at the temple of Lord Shyam Sundar in the famous pilgrimage of Tulsisham in Gir forest area on Monday morning and escaped with the Lord’s crown and other precious jewellery.
According to police, thieves broke into the temple immediately after the first prayer meeting in wee hours of the morning and stole gold and silver ornaments worth Rs4.90 lakh. Police are investigating the case but are yet to get any clue.
“The priest performed mangla aarti between 4.45 and 5.15 in the morning. He then locked the door of sanctum sanctorum and went for refreshments in the kitchen and came back after 15-odd minutes. He discovered that the lock at the door was broken and some of the ornaments were missing. In a matter of just 15 minutes thieves managed to steal,” said police inspector RD Parmar. Fortunately, a gold crown, weighing 800 gram, which was crafted
recently, is safe as it has been kept in the bank locker.
Located 25 kms away from Una in Jungadh district, Tulshishyam is famous pilgrimage site. Since visitors’ entry and exit in the area are barred between 8 pm and 6 am, cops are investigating how the thieves managed to sneak into the prohibited area.
“We believe that thieves may have arrived in the protected forest area in the guise of followers and must have made surveillance for days before attempting the theft,” he added. Cops registered a case on basis of complaint filed temple manager and priest.

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